Does your child have a lazy eye? A lazy eye develops when the brain switches off or suppresses sight in one eye. This may happen if someone isn’t able to see as well with one of their eyes because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In most cases, an eye patch is recommended in the treatment of lazy eyes. We generally advise our patients to wear their patch for a couple of hours each day, and often the patients need glasses as well. Patching.
It can be quite difficult to have your child fitted with a patch, especially when they’re quite young. When the good eye is covered, it infringes on their ability to see. It can be tricky to explain the patch to a young child; that they must patch their eye to better their weaker eye, but this can only be done when their better eye is covered, thus restricting their sight. There are a number of ways to encourage your child to wear their patch. Implementing a reward chart with stickers can be successful with some kids. There are lots of adhesive patches sold in different fun designs. Make it an activity by giving them the chance to choose a new and fun patch each day. Kids who are a little older can usually understand how patching works, so it’s helpful to have a little session where you talk about it.
Flotation wings are also helpful when it comes to keeping young children from pulling their patches off.
A positive outcome is dependent on your child’s help and your ability to stick to the long-term goal of improving your child’s vision.